LIFE ON JUPITER: The
Story of Jens Nygaard, Musician is a superb documentary
that has won a New York Emmy and the highly respected Chris Award, as
well as a nomination for "Outstanding Directorial Achievement” by the
Directors Guild of America.
Awards won include:
- 2002 Emmy Award
for Programming about the Arts
- Best Documentary
Film Award at the 22nd Annual
Festival of Film.
- Directors Guild
of America’s Nomination for Outstanding
- Hot Springs
Documentary Film Festival Opening Night
- Chris Statuette
Award at the Columbus International
Film & Video Festival.
International Film Festival Best Picture, Best Sound/Music,
and Lisa Palattella, Editor,
won the Karl Malden Award for
excellence, ingenuity, and dedication to the project.
- Best Musical Film Award
- Tiburon International Film Festival
- The BAC 36th
International Film and Video Festival screening
at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in Manhattan.
- The International
Film Festival of Fine Arts
screening in Szolnok, Hungary
- Empire State Film
Rhode Island International
Film Festival & Sedona
International Film Festival screenings.
Martin Spinelli began this
project in January 2000 as a labor of love after attending a concert
of the Jupiter Symphony. Juxtaposing a powerful biography with great
music, the documentary has earned positive critical responses from
publications as disparate as
TV Guide and Video Librarian, while generating an
enthusiastic following among music lovers and general audiences alike.
Ruth Laredo, Joel Krosnick (Juilliard String Quartet), and William
Wolfram are among the soloists that appear in this inspirational film.
Life on Jupiter takes us on a musical and very personal journey,
enhanced by selections from critically acclaimed performances.
This superb documentary on Jens
Nygaard won the highly respected Chris Award capturing all seven
rating points. Following its premiere broadcast on July 1, 2001
by WNET (Channel 13), it has been screened at film festivals, among
them, Breckenridge (“Best Film of the Festival in Documentaries”),
Thunderbird (4 awards, including Best Film and Best Music), Tiburon
(named “Best Musical Film” it beat out Eroica, the film on the
chamber group, The Eroica Trio), and Park City, Utah. It has
also been screened at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, broadcast on
public TV by WHYY in Philadelphia, and rebroadcast by WNET in July
2002 and by WNYE in July 2004. The documentary is now being
shown on other public stations in the U.S. and internationally.
Produced by Martin Spinelli and
edited by Lisa Palattella,
Life on Jupiter was given top rating by Video Librarian:
“An inspiring portrait of an inspired artist, Life on Jupiter
is highly recommended.” If you wish to purchase your own copy to
remember Jens by, or for more information and to view video clips visit